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Food Truck Friday
April 19, 2019 - 5:00pm to September 27, 2019 - 8:30pm
Event Information

One of the best things about the warmer weather is Food Truck Friday at the Carousel. Come experience the array of foods and delicious sweets from a variety of vendors at this magnificent event. Take a ride on the historic Carousel, hop onboard the Carousel Express train, or enjoy a pony ride -weather permitting. Plus, admission is free!

Dates: Fridays, April 19 - September 27, 2019

Time: 5:00 - 8:30 pm

Please note: VIP Experience available for $85 includes reserved seating for up to eight people (outdoors or indoors), and eight Carousel rides and beverage vouchers.  To purchase a VIP experience, click here>

Food Truck Friday is produced by PVD Food Truck Events and Roger Williams Park Zoo & Carousel Village with additional support from Food Trucks In, Trinity Brewhouse, Gooseneck Vineyards, and Motif Magazine.

Rise & Play: sensory-friendly mornings in Our Big Backyard
May 7, 2019 - 9:00am to June 15, 2019 - 10:00am
Event Information

Join us for an hour of nature play before the zoo opens: designed for families who have a child with sensory sensitivities, come and play in Hasbro’s Our Big Backyard from 9 to 10 a.m. Build mud pies, watch boats float downstream and climb high in a tree-house. Limited to 70 participants, this hour will allow you and your family to spend time playing in nature, in a smaller group of guests.

Try something new:Imagination playground, a large-scale building toy, will be available for guests to use during this time. This amazing play material allows you to create tall towers, build ramps and create cities, all at your own pace.

The Nature Swap room will be available with books and carpet squares for families who need a quiet space during the event.


  • Tuesday, May 7, 2019
  • Saturday, May 18, 2019
  • Tuesday, June 4, 2019
  • Saturday, June 15. 2019

Time: 9:00 - 10:00 am

Pricing: Regular Zoo admission ($12.95/child; $15.95/senior; $17.95/adult); Free for RWPZoo members

Please note: Rise & Play is free for Roger Williams Park Zoo members, but you must log into your account and pre-register!

Preschool Adventures (Ages 3 - 5)
May 7, 2019 - 9:30am to May 10, 2019 - 9:30am
Event Information

These 90-minute programs focus on a special animal or area of the Zoo, and present opportunities for adult/child pairs to make discoveries together.  Programs include a lesson, activity, a craft, an up-close encounter with one of our education animals, and a walk to an exhibit. Please note: This program does not include direct interaction with exhibit animals.

Class Size: 12 max. One adult must accompany each child. We cannot accommodate additional adults or siblings due to space limitations.


  • Members: $14 per child/adult pair
  • Non-members: $42 per child/adult pair


Please note: This program does not include direct interaction with exhibit animals.

Pre-registration is required and ends 48 hours prior to the program. Refunds are only given if the Zoo cancels the program. We must receive requests to transfer the date of your registration at least 48 hours in advance. If there are any changes to your registration, there is a $5 fee.

A minimum of five program participants is required to run a class. Participants will be notified one week before the scheduled class if a class has to be cancelled due to low enrollment, so enroll early!

Questions? Contact or call (401) 785-3510 ext. 358.

We strongly recommend you register online for your best chance at securing the session you desire. If you prefer, print out our mail-in registration form and send it to the Zoo using the instructions provided on the form.

Sensory-friendly days at Carousel Village
May 7, 2019 - 12:00pm to August 6, 2019 - 6:00pm
Event Information

On the first Tuesday of each month (Now - August), Carousel Village offers Sensory-Friendly Days. We invite those with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and sensory processing differences to explore and enjoy Carousel Village.

For maximum comfort, there will be no music or indoor lights. The Carousel, bounce house and playground will be open to the public, as well as train and pony rides (weather permitting).


  • Tuesday, May 7
  • Tuesday, June 4
  • Tuesday, July 2
  • Tuesday, August 6

Time: 12:00 - 6:00 pm

Please note: Standard activity pricing applies.

Bronx Zoo Daytrip (Ages 5 +)
May 11, 2019 - 7:30am to 10:00pm
Event Information

Have you ever wanted to visit the Bronx Zoo? Take the headache out of traveling and journey with us. Sit back, relax and enjoy a day with family and friends at an award-winning Zoo with more than 4,000 animals.

Date: Saturday, May 11, 2019 from 7:30 am - 10:00 pm
Price: $95/person SOLD OUT

Includes: Bus trip and a Bronx Zoo Total Experience Ticket (includes general admission, 4-D Theater, Bug Carousel, Butterfly Garden, Congo Gorilla Forest, JungleWorld, Wild Asia Monorail, and unlimited Zoo Shuttle)

Please note: Participants age 17 and younger must be accompanied by a registered adult. Registration ends April 13, 2018, but this trip fills up fast, so please register early! There will be no refunds after April 13, 2019.

Questions? Contact or call (401) 785-3510 ext. 358.

Rock-A-Baby Concerts
May 11, 2019 - 10:30am to 11:15am
Event Information

This exciting 45-minute concert specifically geared towards our youngest Zoo guests promises to be fun for the whole family. The Rock-a-Baby trio will introduce the true stars of their show – “Rhythm, Melody and Harmony” - three silly and entertaining puppets who know a lot about music. Playing everything from well-known children’s songs to rock and pop classics - shake, dance and sing along as we explore fun musical concepts, play games, and boogie down.

Time: 10:30am - 11:15am (all concerts)
Price: $7.00 per participant (age 2 & older) Pre-Registration is required.

Dates & Themes:

  • Saturday, May 11 - Butterfly & Bug Boogie SOLD OUT

Please note: There are no refunds unless the Zoo cancels the program. We must receive requests to transfer the date of your registration at least 48 hours in advance. We cannot guarantee your requests that may be dependent upon availability. If there are any changes to your registration, there is a $5 fee.

This program fee does not include Zoo admission. You must purchase Zoo tickets at the Zoo entrance on the day of the concert. If you are a Zoo member, you may use your membership to enter the Zoo, so your only expense will be the Rock-a-Baby program fee!  To be placed on a wait-list, please contact or call (401) 785-3510 ext. 358

Happy Mother's Day!
May 12, 2019 - 10:00am to 5:00pm
Event Information

Celebrate Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 12 at Roger Williams Park Zoo.  Bring your mother or grandmother to the Zoo, and they get in free!

Spend the day visiting 40 acres of beautiful surroundings and experience the joy of wild life from around the globe. Visit the Zoo’s new exhibit Faces of the Rainforest for an immersive wildlife experience in this lush paradise and observe a rare and intimate look at fascinating wildlife marveling at a free flying aviary, water slide for giant otters, adorable primates, captivating marine life, interesting amphibians, and beguiling reptiles.

Take mom or grandma out to lunch at either Serengeti or Wilderness Cafe or bring a picnic and enjoy a sunny spot to relax. The day won’t be complete without experiencing the activities at Explore and Soar including the Soaring Eagle Zip ride as well as a ride on a camel and train. Before going home visit Carousel Village, only a ¼ mile from the Zoo’s parking, and enjoy a traditional carousel, pony ride, and ice cream at Frenchy’s Café.

Please note: Each parent/grandparent must be accompanied by one paying child.

Endangered Species Day: Art and Animals
May 18, 2019 - 10:00am to 3:00pm
Event Information

Celebrate Endangered Species Day at the Zoo! Appreciate the beauty of endangered species and awareness of animal conservation through art. Discover exhibited artwork featuring wildlife from local artists and watch them create their art throughout the Zoo. Roger Williams Park Zoo is home to over 30 threatened or endangered species including white-cheeked gibbons, a red wolf, cheetahs, snow leopards, a Komodo dragon, and African elephants. Visit endangered species during scheduled keeper talks and learn what everyday actions can be taken to make sure those species survive. Please note: Activities run from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm and are FREE with Zoo admission.

Scout Safari Night
May 18, 2019 - 5:30pm to May 19, 2019 - 8:30pm
Event Information

Scout Safari Night includes animal enrichment making, owl pellet investigation, keeper talks, animal encounters, conservation carnival, worm composting & seed planting, tours of the John J. Palumbo Veterinary Hospital, mad scientist lab, a commemorative Scout Safari Night patch and more! All while completing a variety of badge requirements.

Participants can also take part in a service project by collecting items for our animals wish list.

Date: Saturday, May 18, 2019 (Rain date: Sunday May 19)
Time: 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Price: (RWP Zoo members receive a $3 discount/person.)

  • Through April 9: $24 per participant age 5+
  • April 10 - May 17: $29 per participant age 5+
  • Walk-Ins May 18: $34 per participant age 5+
  • $8 per participant age 2 - 4
  • Free per participant age 1 and younger

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Please note: Roger Williams Park Zoo Members receive a $3 discount per person on Scout Safari events. All participants age 15 and younger must be accompanied by a paid, registered adult. There are no refunds for Scout Safari Night registrations after April 9.

Questions? Contact or call (401) 785-3510 ext. 358.

Family Overnights (6+)
July 20, 2019 - 6:30pm to July 27, 2019 - 10:00am
Event Information

Snooze at the Zoo for the wildest family overnight adventure in town! The night begins with pizza and ice cream before educators engage you and children in hands-on activities, animal encounters, and a Zoo tour by flashlight. End the evening by crawling into your sleeping bag in the Meller-Danforth Education Center with popcorn and a movie. You’ll need your zzzzs before waking up with the animals! A light breakfast will be provided before a morning Zoo tour.

Time:  6:30 pm - 10:00 am


  • Members:  $100 per parent/child pair; $50 per additional participant.
  • Non-members:  $110 per parent/child pair; $55 per additional participant.

Dates & Themes:

  • Saturday, July 20: Wild Workplace - Working in a zoo can be WILD! Enter the world of zoo careers in a family overnight about veterinary care, research, conservation and education.  

  • Saturday, July 27: Creatures of the Night - When the sun goes down, many animals are just waking up. Learn about creatures of the night, and the adaptations that enable them to survive in a world of darkness. Even dissect an owl pellet!  

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Please note: There must be at least a 1:3 parent/child ratio. This program is not designed for adults without children
Important registration note: There are no refunds unless program is cancelled by the Zoo.
All requests to change the date of your program must be made at least 48 hours prior to the start of your scheduled program. Requests are not guaranteed and are dependent upon availability. A fee of $20 per program participant will be assessed when any change to your program date is made.

Questions? Contact or call (401) 785-3510 ext 358.